God does not send us into the dangerous and exacting life of faith because we are qualified; He chooses in order to qualify us for what he wants us to be or do." Eugene Peterson
I was at a Starbucks today waiting for a 4:30 appointment.
Familiarity is a great comfort. I've traveled to Colorado stopping along the way for a coffee and clean restroom at a Starbucks. I even have several Starbucks ‘long distance’ locations that I don't tell anyone about; I can go and work without seeing anyone I know... Not because I don't want to talk to anyone, but because I do.
I enjoy the hospitality of a Starbucks.
Today, while I was waiting for my appointment I took a few minutes to people watch (one of my favorite pastimes). A fella’ flew in from a nearby store and reeled off an order of drinks that made me question if he needed a red wagon to cart them away. Then his eye caught the two attractive young women sitting right behind me. He laughed and told them they had just missed having a free drink. It appears that he was taking a drink to anyone in his store at that moment and these girls had just left that store to come and kick back in relaxing chairs to cool off! (I silently questioned if the AC had collapsed at the other establishment… oh what a pity.)
But no, the fella’ proceeded to talk and question the girls. They laughed about the fact that Starbucks in the Dallas area was ‘The’ place to get a coffee. There was discussion of other places offering better, (i.e. New York, East and West Coast, Denver…) He soon bought them a snack and left, holding drinks in carrying cases that would have daunted the common man.
I like Starbucks. I love that one can sit for hours and imbibe in a character study, or a mystery, or work on one's computer undisturbed. I’ve even gone in and taken my own water – spent nary a penny and accomplished much. I don’t sneak in – I tell them up front… the hospitality never fails. They have won my patronage because of this. It is a great meeting place.
Starbucks – I wonder. Do they have Starbucks in Europe?
Posted by Robyn Rochelle E. at Wednesday, August 24, 2005
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